2018-19 Schedule & Tuition

Grades K-10


BONIM (Kindergarten)

Sunday mornings
NEW!! Kindergartners and their families join together for this fun and family-filled introduction to Jewish learning at Temple Sinai Religious school! Meeting monthly, Bonim will introduce families with kindergartners to one another, our Temple Sinai community, and Temple Sinai clergy and staff through crafts, fun, story, song, and nosh!

Please note, there will be no Sunday school kindergarten classes offered in 2018-2019.

Member Tuition:
Bonim $500

GRADES 1 – 3

Sunday mornings
8:30 AM -10:45 AM (early session)* OR
11:15 AM – 1:30 PM (late session)*
* Siblings are always placed in the same session unless otherwise requested. Your current session will be assigned to you again unless you make a change request.

Our youngest TSRS students build meaningful and strong foundations for lifelong Jewish learning. Through their study and experience of Torah, prayer, acts of loving kindness, holidays, and Israel, our kindergarten – 3rd grade students connect to their Judaism and our Temple Sinai community.

Member Tuition:
Grades 1-3 $890

GRADES 4 – 6

Our Temple Sinai Religious School 4th-5th grade classes meet:

Sunday mornings (Judaica)
8:30 AM -10:45 AM (early session)* OR
11:15 AM – 1:30 PM (late session)*


Our Temple Sinai Religious School 6th grade classes meet:

Sunday mornings (Judaica)
8:30 AM -10:45 AM (early session)* OR
11:15 AM – 1:30 PM (late session)* OR
Thursday afternoons (Better Together**, a new program for 6th graders and senior citizens together!) 5:00 PM -6:30 PM

* Siblings are always placed in the same session unless otherwise requested. Your current session will be assigned to you again unless you make a change request.
** Registration for Better Together is limited to fifteen (15) 6th grade participants. If you are interested in this program, please contact Cantor Robins as soon as possible.

Chug Ivrit (our Hebrew program)
Tuesday (4:00-4:55 PM, 5:00-5:55PM, 6:00-6:55 PM)
Wednesday (4:00-4:55 PM, 5:00-5:55PM, 6:00-6:55 PM)
Thursday (4:00-4:55 PM, 5:00-5:55 PM)
On our May registration form, we’ll ask you if you are planning to register for Chug Ivrit or choose private tutoring (1:1 or Chug in the Hood). In June, we’ll open Chug Ivrit Reservations in two groups: priority reservations and regular reservations. Stay tuned for an email later this month about Chug Ivrit FAQs!

Our intermediate TSRS students continue their study of Torah, prayer, social justice, and holidays through a process of learning that encourages exploration and creativity, while providing our students with meaningful learning topics and experiences. In 4th-6th grade at Temple Sinai our students add the study of Hebrew to their curriculum, as well as the life-cycle, ancient Jewish history, and American Jewish history.

In our NEW 6th grade Better Together program, 6th graders will have the unique opportunity to partner with a senior member of our Temple Sinai community and learn throughout the year.  Retaining our Judaics curriculum, Better Together allows two generations to come together in powerful learning, culminating in a celebration of learning and legacy.  This program runs October – May.

Member Sunday Tuition: $1120
Member Better Together Tuition: $1250  

**all trips and programming included in tuition**

GRADES 7 – 8

Our Temple Sinai Religious School 7th-8th Grade Noar classes meet:
Tuesday evenings
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (includes snack)

Students can choose from the two programs below, or our Alternative Study Program.

Noar (Grades 7-8)
Our dynamic Noar program takes learning in a whole new direction for students in 7th-8th grade! Utilizing principles of informal education, Noar students have an opportunity to continue to learn and engage with their peers and community at Temple Sinai every Tuesday night. Our small group learning (1:10 faculty to student ratio) and not-so-traditional approaches to learning help the study of Torah, prayer and God, social justice, ethics and Jewish values be elevated to a whole new level. Noar is a learning opportunity you don’t want to miss! Enrollment in and attendance at Noar is expected for 7th graders.

Noar Beit Midrash (Grades 7-8)
Seeking a serious text-based learning opportunity in your 7th-8th grade years? Join us for Noar Beit Midrash, every Tuesday evening parallel to Noar! This scholar-led class will focus on in-depth text study and academically intensive discussion and work. Students in Noar Beit Midrash will explore a sampling of texts throughout Jewish history – exploring meaningful stories, rituals and values while experiencing the evolution of thought and scholarship throughout Jewish history.

Member Tuition: $940


Our Pre-Confirmation class meets:
Sunday mornings
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Our 9th graders will explore what it means to be a Jewish person in the world outside of Temple Sinai, and we are starting right here in Washington, D.C! 9th grade students will meet on Sundays for a combination of learning and site visits. We will investigate the history of the Jewish community in Washington, D.C. in order to better understand our current role in the city. We will learn about our connection with other faith groups, we will explore how we have been leaders for justice and the role of Jews in the racial tensions that have plagued Washington throughout the city’s history. Along with Rabbi Goldstein, who will be the lead teacher, this class will work to understand what it means to be Jewish in the world today through the lens of the city that exists all around us. One Sunday each month we will meet off-site and the rest of the time we will meet at Temple Sinai. We will also travel together for a retreat in order to build our community and better understand modern Jewish teen identity.

Member Tuition: $1170
**Includes all trips and additional program fees!**


Our Confirmation class meets:
Sunday mornings
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM (includes snack)

Confirmation is a program for all tenth graders led by Rabbi Jonathan Roos over the course of the year. It is open to all our students, regardless of whether or not they have been attending religious school lately. While the material is deep and covers much ground, the purpose of the program is simple: to help our students re-examine main concepts in Judaism to determine their own positions and begin answering the question, “What does Judaism mean to me and how will I engage in Jewish life in my coming college and young adult years and beyond?” Our students explore ways to activate their Judaism in their daily life, including attending an intensive, meaningful and fun weekend downtown and on the Hill with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and other congregations from around the country.

Member Tuition: $1465
**Includes all trips and additional program fees!**


Our TSRS program is the right fit – in schedule and in style – for most of our Temple Sinai families. We understand that no one program can be perfect for our large congregational family.

Our Alternative Study Program (for Judaics classes ONLY) in grades 4-10 is geared towards students and families who are looking for something different than our programs. This option is only offered as an alternative to Sunday school and Tuesday night classes, not for Hebrew classes.

Full –Year Alternative Study has two options:

Option #1: Project-Based Learning
Students and their parents work together with an Alternative Study Mentor to complete 7 (seven) projects that reflect the core content and curriculum of the student’s grade level. The guidelines for 5 (five) of these projects are provided by Temple Sinai, and 2 (two) projects are created by students and their parents to help explore meaningful Jewish topics together.

Option #2: Student & Family Directed Learning
Students and parents work together with an Alternative Study Mentor to create an alternative learning curriculum and sequence that addresses their specific needs and desires as a family. The mentor will work with the family to develop meaningful projects, programs and conversations that address

Part-Year Alternative Study:
It is possible to do Alternative Study for part of the year. In the event that a child needs to take a significant amount of time away from his/her regular attendance at school (more than three consecutive weeks), s/he should choose an Alternative Study program during that time. Through projects and mentorship, the student – together with his/her family – can complete the cycle of learning his/her will miss due to an extended commitment, and re-enter the program. This is a great option to enable your child to both attend part of the year of religious school, and fulfill another important commitment, while maintaining reasonable attendance and growing as a learner!

Ready to sign up for alternative study? At registration, register for your child’s 2017-2018 grade normally, but be sure to check the box for alternative study. We’ll contact you with an application form and all the details!

Tuition: $1240

If a student is not present more than 60% of the Sunday school classes, we will request s/he enter the Alternative Study Program.